garrylengthorn

25-Sep-12 It’s all relative

In Blog, Personal on September 25, 2012 at 7:46 pm

It’s been a few busy days without a blog, and although a lot going on at work, I wanted to give everyone an update on my ancestry work to trace my roots. For those who think a work update is long overdue, I will attempt this later on in the week when I think I can put something together with a positive spin (it really has been a tough few days)!

As most of you know from reading my blog regularly (well hopefully some of you do), one of my goals has been to track my roots and find a long lost cousin. This not only lead to a fantastic weekend in France exploring the war graves of the First World War, but has lead to me knowing a lot more about my family roots.

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Unfortunately, although I thought it was looking unlikely, it is true that my roots date back to my great (x 3) grandfather, who was born in Leeds in the late 1700’s (I’m a northerner). His son (great grandfather x 2) made the journey to Bermondsey via Dover (not sure what took him there) and Canterbury, which is where my great grandfather was born (although bought up in South London).

Along this journey in discovering this, I have discovered more cousins than I thought possible, which has been brilliant, fascinating and intriguing. Especially as some of our paths have crossed (and we never thought we were related), whilst some others have narrowly passed by!

If I thought we were a small family, how wrong could I be!

I do still have some goals and that is to work with some of my newly found cousins to feel some gaps and see how much further we can go back, as well as tracking down some Lengthorn’s in Leeds, London, Kent and America who must be related.

If my goal was to find and meet a long lost relative, I think there are a few options now. Maybe a big long lost family party is long overdue (now organising that might be a real challenge)!

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  1. I can see what’s coming next Garry….a year on the road in the states looking for Lengthorns!!!

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